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Here’s Emma Watson’s inspiring speech about gender inequality

From Harry Styles to Tom Hiddleston, everybody's talking about it.

Written by Sarah Doran | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news

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You might know her best as Harry Potter's Hermione Granger but Emma Watson has been casting a very different type of spell this week.

United Nations Women, an organisation dedicated to the empowerment of women and young girls, recently hosted a special event about gender inequality. Watson, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, gave a rather inspiring speech about feminism on the day.

There's been a lot of talk about the subject both on and offline over the past few months and the actress wanted to set the record straight.

"The more I've spoken about feminism, the more I've come to realise that fighting for womens' rights has become synonymous with man-hating", she said. "If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop".

Watson went on to say that gender inequality wasn't just about women and invited men from around the world to join the cause too, by taking part in UN Women's new HeForShe campaign. It aims to encourage men to help women fight for equal rights.

Her words seemed to strike a chord with everyone who heard them and it wasn't long before the #HeForShe tweets came pouring in on Twitter. Some rather familiar names and faces even began pledging their support.

One Direction's Harry Styles, Thor star Tom Hiddleston and Watson's former Harry Potter co-star Matthew Lewis (that's Neville Longbottom to you and I) have all been spotted posing with #HeForShe banners.

They're in good company because Russel Crowe, Simon Pegg, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Chris Colfer have all been at it too, spreading the #HeForShe message to their followers and fans.

We think Hermione Granger would wholeheartedly approve.

For more information on the United Nations Women and the #HeForShe campaign check out the offical website, Twitter and Facebook page.

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Published September 26th, 2014
Last updated October 19th, 2015
Tags feminism inspirational women activism
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